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Cycling the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Bikes, bourbon, and bluegrass. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a collection of distilleries scattered around the rolling hills of Kentucky between Lexington and Louisville. Six cyclists - Including former US National CX Champion Tim Johnson - set out on a fun, four-day trip to see what the roads had to offer in between each one. And perhaps have a taste or two. Featured Cyclists: Tim Johnson Lyne Bessette Craig Lewis Jonathan Geran David Devine Gardner Raymond
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What To Drink Tonight: Hot Toddy with a Twist
I was browsing the internet for hot drink recipes when I stumbled across this twist on the classic Hot Toddy. For those of you who don't know what a Hot Toddy is, it's a classic hot alcoholic beverage typically enjoyed during the cold months of fall and winter. It lights the most delightful fire deep inside you, filling your body with warmth that spreads all the way to the tips of your toes. A classic hot toddy contains: whiskey hot water spices (such as cinnamon and cloves) lemon juice honey Keep in mind, there are about a million variations. But that's the classic, and it's been a beloved homespun cold and flu remedy for decades. This twist on the old classic is called a Pearman's Toddy, and it's what you should be drinking on this chilly fall night. Now this variation is particularly suited to fall because of the homemade cinnamon simple syrup. Fill your home with the delicious wafting scent of cinnamon while preparing an alcoholic beverage to enjoy with a loved one? Yes, please! Another reason the Pearman's Toddy is so interesting to me is the replacement of whiskey with gin. The notes of pine and bitter herbs in a good gin make it a particularly attractive autumnal spirit in my book. Combine that with a bit of lemon juice, cinnamon simple syrup, and a shake of good old Angostura bitters, and you've got the perfect thing the keep you warm tonight. Make your own Pearman's Toddy! Recipe adapted from Saveur You'll need: 2 oz. gin 1 oz. cinnamon simple syrup 1⁄2 oz. lemon juice 1 dash Angostura bitters 5 cinnamon sticks 1. Make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups water, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 4 cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved. Discard cinnamon sticks and set aside. 2. Make the cocktail: Rinse small saucepan and re-use to heat gin, syrup, lemon juice, and 2 oz. of water. Pour into a mug or mason jar and add bitters. Garnish with last cinnamon stick, and enjoy the feeling of warmth spreading through you! Feel free to share this recipe with other Fall cocktail lovers :) @marshalledgar @BrettEckert @rodiziketan @VinMcCarthy What do you guys think of this one?? Ever tried it?
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Mystery Artist Wanksy Paints Penises Around Potholes To Get Them Fixed [NSFW]
Armed with only a can of spray paint, an artist located in Manchester, England, is determined to rid the streets of potholes. How does one get rid of a potholes when city officials don't take the issue seriously? By drawing penises on them of course. The anonymous artist goes by the name "Wanksy", a clever spin-off of the famous street artists Banksy. The artist decided to draw attention to the "appalling" pothole-ridden streets after some of his cyclists friends were badly injured due to the potholes on the streets. “I wanted to attract attention to the pothole and make it memorable. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus,” he said. “It’s also speedy, I don’t want to be in the road for a long time. It seems to have become my signature. I just want to make people smile and draw attention to the problem.” The artist uses non-permanent paint that washes out within a week or two. Despite the paint's short life span, the potholes have been getting fixed quicker than they were previously. So apparently a penis on the street elevates the urgency of road repair. "People will drive over the same pothole and forget about it,” the artist said. “Suddenly you draw something amusing around it, everyone sees it and it either gets reported or fixed." The local government is not amused. A council spokesman in Bury, a town in Greater Manchester, told the Evening News that the artist’s actions “are not only stupid but incredibly insulting to local residents. Has this person, for just one second, considered how families with young children must feel when they are confronted with these obscene symbols as they walk to school? Not only is this vandalism, but it’s also counter-productive,” the spokesman said. “Every penny that we have to spend cleaning off this graffiti is a penny less that we have to spend on actually repairing the potholes.” Regardless of whether the local government has to spend more to clean the graffiti, the artist is ultimately succeed in his goal. And from the looks of the repair jobs, the local government is spending no time or money trying to remove the graffiti. Rather, they are just covering the pothole with new asphalt.